Mechanical keyboards have long become the de facto standard for gaming, as their responsiveness and feedback allow for greater control during play. If there’s any downside, it’s the fact that they’re not quite as comfortable as silicone membrane keys. The Razer Ornata Chroma seeks to find the middle ground between the two, combining the crisp and tactile input of mechanical switches with the soft and cushioned feel of traditional membrane keyboards.
Using the outfit’s Mecha-Membrane keycaps, the keyboard enables swift actuation on par with mechanical switches, ensuring it’s just as efficient during gameplay as your favorite Cherry MX-powered peripherals. Except, it’s a whole lot softer to the touch than the most cushioned mechanical switches, allowing your keystrokes to glide in a much smoother manner.
The Razer Ornata Chroma has keys with a lower, mid-height profile to enable those faster actuations, with a ten-key rollover and anti-ghosting capability (up to 10 simultaneous presses). Like many gaming keyboards, it comes with an integrated light show courtesy of the outfit’s Chroma customizable backlighting, which can be programmed to light up in any way as well as respond to in-game events for immersive gameplay (game needs to have in-game Chroma support, which many popular PC titles do have).
Other features include fully-programmable keys, on-the-fly macro recording, and a detachable ergonomic wrist rest for comfortably pushing through those marathon button-mashing sessions. It measures 18.2 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches.
Slated to hit stores next month, the Razer Ornata Chroma is priced at $99.99.